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Celebrate Summer Reading in the City of Light

We're taking reading to Paris, the City of Light, with these books and learning activities.
on July 19, 2013

Fact: Students who score in the 90th percentile read almost two million words per year outside of school. (Cunningham, A. & Stanovich, K. "What Reading Does for the Mind." American Educator, 1998.)

It seems like a lot, and it is, but every word your child reads counts to help him or her succeed! Take advantage of the lazy days of summer to get some reading time in with your child.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge is dedicated to encouraging kids to read more books this summer and take reading to new heights (represented by famous historical and natural landmarks around the world).  It's not too late. Join now!

This week's milestone is the Eiffel Tower, so we are taking reading to Paris, the City of Light. Here are a few activities to extend the learning experience:

  1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret Writing Game. In the Caldecott Medal-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, writer/illustrator Brian Selznick created a story using both words and pictures. In this writing activity, kids can use images from the book to create their own original stories.
  2.  Hugo Movie. If your child loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, then be sure to watch the Academy Award-winning movie Hugo (rated PG) that's set in Paris, France and directed by Martin Scorsese. Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the actress who plays Isabelle, Chloe Moretz.
  3. Book Geography Trivia Quiz. Can your child guess the places based on these book-based clues?
  4. Harry Potter Birthday Bash. If Paris does not inspire your child to read, try hopping across the pond to Hogwarts. On July 31, STACKS will be hosting an online birthday party for Harry, so invite your child to join us for some fun surprises.


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